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BBC plans Bowie, Berry docs

The BBC has ordered a follow-up to its documentary film David Bowie: Five Years and a series featuring Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry.

The late David Bowie

The late David Bowie

David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which explores the latter stages of the musician’s life, will air on BBC2 in January and will be produced and directed by Francis Whately for BBC Studios.

Whately was behind David Bowie: Five Years, which aired in 2013. BBC Worldwide will handle distribution of the new doc outside of the UK.

As with the first film, the new doc will feature a wealth of rare and unseen archive footage and early audio interviews that have never been released before.

Additionally, BBC4 will broadcast Bowie at the BBC, a compilation of rarely seen archive material exploring Bowie’s career as captured by the BBC from his very first appearance in 1964 through to his death in 2016.

The programmes will air in January 2017, marking what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday and one year on from the popular musician’s death.

“I always hoped that I would make another film about Bowie as we were only able to scratch the surface in the first film, but I just didn’t expect it to be this soon,” said Whately.

Meanwhile, BBC1 has commissioned Mary Berry’s Secrets From Britain’s Great Houses (working title, 6×30′), a series about UK stately homes fronted by the Bake Off star. It will be produced by Shine TV.

“This series will be a real treat for BBC1 viewers to go behind the scenes with Mary Berry and explore Britain’s great houses through her love of cooking,” said Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC.

 

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